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Experts may provide important divorce role

Texas couples who are going through a divorce are often unable to resolve certain issues, even if the split is otherwise amicable. Experts are accordingly often called upon to provide testimony during divorce cases on a variety of matters. These professionals may be court-ordered or retained by one of the parties, and their opinions are both admissible and given a great deal of weight by a court.

One type of expert may be a psychological professional to help with the emotional stress caused by the divorce or to provide advice on the healthiest custody and visitation arrangements for the couple's children. Another expert may be brought in to address vocational issues and employment options if one of the spouses has been out of the workforce during the marriage. This could be important in assessing the capability of that spouse to make court-ordered spousal or child support payments.

A real estate expert may be used to provide appraisals of homes and other real property, and the appraisal and other expert testimony may serve as a part of a property division agreement. A business valuation expert may be able to make a determination as to which portion of a couple's business should be deemed separately-owned property, as well as coming up with a valuation of the business as a whole.

The process of a complex divorce that includes children, real estate or businesses may be aided by using experts to overcome problems and disagreements. An attorney with experience in divorce and family law matters may be able to recommend the retention of an expert for a particular issue.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Using Experts In Your Divorce", Caroline Choi, October 24, 2013

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